Materials Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare materials engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Materials Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) materials engineers is $151,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials engineers is $58,230.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.29% 10.79%
0.96% -
5.83% -
-1.28% -
3.35% -
- -

Compare Materials Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of materials engineers in 73 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for materials engineer occupations is the computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $115,720. The lowest paying industry is the motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing industry (annual salary $63,840). For detailed materials engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Chemical Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Textile Mills
Forging and Stamping
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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